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"The Hug" by Lauren Goldman

The Abandoned Wife's Guide to Recovery and Renewal, the new book by Vikki Stark, M.S.W. will help you understand what happened in your life and learn how to use this crisis as an opportunity for a better future!

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Reactions from women who have read the book:

Thank you so much for this wonderful book! I experienced a whole range of emotions as I read along sometimes tears, sometimes giggles but a whole lot of head nodding and "Yep, that was him all right!" as I turned the pages. Your book and your website have provided invaluable comfort and support in my journey towards recovery from this life altering event.

Jean from Philadelphia.

I sat down and devoured your book - read it so fast with lots of highlights in yellow! I'm sure I will reread it many times. Lying in bed, out jumped your belief about brain tumour and abduction by aliens. I burst into hysterical laughter until I collapsed in hysterical tears. Those were my exact same thoughts.

Carmella from San Diego.

I received your book and couldn't put it down until I finished it. It is an absolutely outstanding book that has so eloquently portrayed almost to a tee everything that I've experienced in the last several months.

Linda from Sydney, Australia.

PLEASE NOTE: This website is dedicated to helping women who were abandoned by their husbands but it is important to state that wives also abandon their marriages without prior notice, although not at the same frequency. It is also important to highlight the fact that not all men who choose to end their marriage do so in this way.

What we need most of all to recover from Wife Abandonment Syndrome is each other!

Here you get the chance to tell your story to other women who really know what you are talking about. The goal of this "town square" is to provide support and encourage healing for yourself and others. Please feel free to write about your thoughts and experience, but most of all, let's all share the tricks we used to "make it through the night" in the early days, and the wisdom we gained that helped us "bounce back better" when we were further along the road to healing. There's strength in numbers - let's give each other that strength.

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Sunday, April 27,2008

Feeling destabilized

hi, I'm just wondering anyone else is experiencing some of the same feelings. It's been ten months now since my husband announced that he wanted to leave. He had another woman in the wings and wanted a "new and better life". At the time, our two children were ages 4 years and 2 months respectively. Although my husband had been acting strange and somewhat distant for a few months preceding the abondonment, nothing in the world had prepared me for this.

Ten months later, and I still feel like I'm struggling with myself. The first six months were a hell on earth of depression and anger. Because of the kids, I had to have regular contact with the man several times were week. I'm still feeling destabilized. Life still feels like it is in suspension. I get through my day to day and take the best care that I can of my kids. But I still feel overwhelmed by anything outside that basic existance. I still feel like I consistently have to fight off depression and anger and fear about what the future will look like. I feel so deeply destabilized, like my whole world has had an earthquake. Does anyone else feel like this? When do I get to feel normal again?

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Stick with us, kid. We're here for you and together we're all going to be alright again.Time may not heal all but it takes the edge off after a couple of years and eventually we'll be close to normal again..well, I may not ever have been even close to "normal" to begin with..but halfway normal anyway!I promise you that it gets better. You'll be able to look back over your recent past and see the progress you've made and that will keep you going.

Sunday, April 27,2008

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